*[[:Image:Councillor's briefing January 2007 update.pdf|Councillor's briefing pack]]
The Cross River Tram is a project to link Camden, Brixton and Peckham by
tram. The project
is organised by TfL (Transport for London), for the Cross River Partnership and the London Mayor. See TfL’s background information at [http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/projectsandschemes/networkandservices/2043.aspx their website].
==Facts about the Cross River Tram==
*The then London Mayor announced a new Two Phase project in September 2007
*Phase one would be a south of the river project, and Phase two would take it to Camden
*After the May 2008 election, the new Mayor announced a review of major transport projects and results of that are now promised for early 2009
*Each tram would be approximately 45m long (two and half times as long as a bendy-bus)
*Would be part of the Oyster system
*Improve transport links between south London and central and north London
The whole project
is intended to run from Camden Town, Euston and Kings Cross in the north, down to Aldwych. It then goes across Waterloo Bridge to Waterloo Station where the line divides. One branch will go down towards Brixton (possibly via the Elephant), and the other branch will go down towards Peckham. The route between the Elephant and Peckham is still being decided, but both the main options avoid Walworth Road and Camberwell. One suggestion follows the route of the 343 bus - down Heygate St, Thurlow St, across Burgess Park and the Wells way and Southampton Way to Peckham. The second option is slightly more direct and crosses Burgess Park to meet Chandler way before arriving in Peckham town centre. There are two route options for crossing the main roads and the pedestrian town square by the Library, and then another two options for getting to the terminus near Peckham Rye station (see [[:Image:CRT_Waterloo-Peckham.pdf|Waterloo-Peckham Section brochure]]) .
==Two Phase Tram Project==
Peckham Vision added its voice to the calls for it to cross the river in its first phase, but says it has to link with a tube station, and not just stop at the Aldwych. We need a direct link with the Euro Star and long distant rail links, as well as with the Tube, through Euston, St Pancras/Kings Cross. But if Camden Council won't agree to this, alternatives might be a one-way loop at terminus at Temple on the Embankment or Holborn on Southampton Row? Both stations have nearby roads that might be suitable for a tram one-way system, creating a loop terminus there as well.
The new London Assembly Transport Scrutiny Committee held a seminar, on 9th September 2008,
on the Cross River Tram and its role in reducing South East London's serious transport deficit. This meeting heard from TfL that the estimated total cost now in outturn prices is £1.3b, and that TfL's 10 year budget agreed last year has no provision for this cost. Even if this funding were secured, the earliest date for implementation had slipped from 2016 to 2018. On 10th September, the London Assembly agreed a motion in support of exploring all ways to secure the funding for the tram, see here . The Transport Committee will consder this again at its meeting 16th October 2008 .
See also: [http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/projectsandschemes/networkandservices/crossrivertram/5521.aspx TfL answers Common Questions]
==Concerns about Tram Depot plans==
There are many local concerns about the proposal promoted by Southwark Council to use a large strategic site in Peckham's town centre for the Tram Depot. The Depot is naturally of huge significance when deciding where the track will exactly run for the Cross River Tram. However, the Depot site search conducted by TfL was described by the Government Planning Inspector as being 'defective'. This was due to the incorrect belief by TfL that this large part of Peckham Town Centre was 'derelict' and unused. This Town Centre location, previously identified in Southwark's Unitary Development Plan (UDP) as Site 63P but now called site 71P, is several acres in size and is currently home to a growing community of artists, faith groups and small businesses, providing employment opportunities for hundreds of people as well as being a keystone to the regeneration of Peckham
as a whole.
The Inspector rejected the original plan, known as the [[Tram_depot_proposals#Original_Single-Site_Depot_Plans|‘single-site’ plan]], to locate the whole depot in Peckham because of its adverse effects on the town centre. He recommended instead a 'split-site' depot, that is part of the depot in Peckham and part somewhere else (click [[Effects_of_tram_depot|here]] for the Inspector’s report). The implication was that this would be smaller so that it would have less adverse effects on Peckham town centre. It is in fact less than half an acre smaller, and is more intrusive into the town centre. The [[Tram_depot_proposals#Current_Split-Site_Depot_Plans|‘split-site’]] would stable
less trams – about 35 compared with the original 48 but it appears that the repair and maintenance workshops for the whole or major part of the fleet of trams would be on this Peckham site. The depot on this plan would still sterilise and close off for good this huge site which has a strategic role in realising the potential of the town centre. Click [[Tram_depot_proposals|here]] for comparison of the single-site and split-site plans.
In January 2007 Peckham Vision held an information day to give all Southwark’s Councillors the opportunity to get to know the proposed tram depot site in Peckham, its current users and understand its future potential (click [[:Image:Councillor's briefing January 2007 update.pdf|here]] for the briefing pack prepared for the councillors). One of the Councillors said they had been persuaded by the plan to build a depot on site because some years back officers told them it would regenerate Peckham by having housing and commerce on top of the depot. In fact, property experts say it would be too expensive and the current plans do not include this. The original reasons for Peckham being selected as a preferred depot location no longer stand up, and need to be looked at again.
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==Tram Depot Impact==
Image:PV's one-way route to Ilderton Road Depot.png|TfL's routes and PV's 'one-way loop' connected to possible Ilderton Road Depot